How to Keep Flowers Fresh
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am
When people think of spring, one of the first images that comes to mind is flowers. One way to bring the spring feeling into your home is with a bouquet of fresh flowers. They won’t last forever, but there are ways to keep flowers fresh for a longer period of time. Try some of these tips.
Ways to Keep Flowers Fresh
Add Sugar and Vinegar
Woman’s Day suggests you start by adding 1 quart of warm water to a clean vase. Next, pour 2 tablespoons of sugar into the water. This will help nourish the flowers. Cut flowers can’t make their own food as well as they normally would.
Then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and stir. The vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also makes the water slightly acetic, which is good for the flowers.
Trim the Stems
Take a close look at the bottom of the stem of each flower in your bouquet. Some of them may have hardened or gotten crushed. Use a sharp scissors to trim off 1 to 2 inches from the end of each stem. The cut should have a 45 degree angle to it. It is recommended that you cut the stem while it is underwater.
Refill the vase. Check daily to make sure that the water in the vase is still covering each stem. Change the water, and recut the stems, daily.
Take off the Leaves
Leaves don’t tend to do so well after being submerged in water. One way to help keep your flowers fresh is to remove all of the leaves that have gotten covered by water. Doing so will prevent the leaves from rotting.
Keep them out of Sunlight.
It may seem like the ideal place to display a bouquet of flowers is in direct sunlight. That may be good for plants, but cut flowers will die more quickly if they are kept in the sun. The ideal place to display a bouquet of flowers is cool and draft-free. It is also a good idea to keep flowers away from heat.
Wait for the Right Time
Most of the time, the flowers displayed in people’s homes were gifts. What if you want to cut fresh flowers from your garden instead? Wait until early morning, or late evening, to cut them. You want to do it in the coolest parts of the day.
Not all Flowers Can Share
Daisies and Daffodils are lovely flowers. Unfortunately, they comes from the asteraceae family. All of the flowers in that family excrete a gluey substance that can gum up the stems of the other flowers in the same vase. They cannot share a vase with flowers that are not in the same family as they are.